The Prime Minister the Hon Anthony Albanese MP and Climate Change and Energy Minister the Hon Chris Bowen MP announced that the government will appoint the Hon Matt Kean as the new Chair of the Climate Change Authority, following the resignation of Mr. Grant King which will take effect in August. 

Mr. Kean was the Treasurer of New South Wales in the NSW Government between October 2021 and March 2023 and the Minister for Energy and Environment between April 2019 and March 2023. The Prime Minister observed that Mr. Kean is uniquely qualified to lead the Climate Change Authority and understands the opportunity that the transition to clean energy represents for Australia.

The government also announced Ms. Patty Akopiantz will be appointed to fill the vacancy left by Ms. Sam Mostyn who will soon be taking up her appointment as Australia’s next Governor General. Ms. Akopiantz is a non-executive director of KPMG, a director of Assembly Climate Capital and a graduate of the Harvard Business School. 

The authority congratulates Mr. King on his new appointment as Chair of Transgrid and looks forward to welcoming Mr. King and Ms. Akopiantz in coming months. Mr. King will remain as Chair of the authority until 5 August, after the delivery of the Sector Pathways Review on 1 August.

Read the Prime Minister's media release(Opens in a new tab/window).

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